Thelma & Louise
MGM / 1988 / 123 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
Ridley Scott has directed some of the best movies of all time, Alien and Blade Runner notably. He is also a master of visual style, managing to capture the eye with things as menacing as an Alien to the dark future of the Planet Earth to the wondrous majesty of the Grand Canyon. And while occasionally some of his movies make an impact, this is one that didn't really impress me at all.

Thelma (Geena Davis) is a housewife caught in a terrible marriage and boring life, her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon) is more of a free spirit trying to get Thelma to enjoy herself. Louise plans a nice weekend getaway and Thelma agrees to come and get away from her husband for a while.

No sooner have they left on there vacation, when Thelma is raped by some Hillbilly. When Louise ups and shoots him dead. Things get worse and worse for the two as the movie goes along until the final, very stupid ending. Needless to say, I hated this movie.

VIDEO
This is an absolutely terrible transfer. It is very soft and has a lot of noticeable problems. There is a huge amount of shimmering on the transfer as well as many consistent MPEG artifacts as well. The colors were also very patchy. Sometimes good, sometimes very muted. 

There were numerous MPEG artifacts present throughout the movie and were very annoying. The original film print also has some problems and serious amounts of grain and scratches were visible also.

Thelma & Louise is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is an RSDL disc. The layer change occurs at 64:25 this is the worst layer change I have seen. The movie comes up with a terrible amount of MPEG artifacts during the change. And the total amount of time the MPEG artifacts last for is about 7 seconds.

AUDIO

Sound is shocking as well. This movie was made before Dolby Digital 5.1 really hit the theatre world. And it shows. This 5.1 remix is very poor with shocking channel separation and a muddy soundtrack throughout. The surrounds were not well utilized and separation between the two was minimal. It really did sound like a bad Pro-Logic Track. The .1 channel was also not used much.

There was also a Directors commentary in Dolby Digital 2.0

EXTRAS
Not a bad set of extras on offer.

Audio Commentary: Director: This track by Ridley Scott is terrible. It is uninformative and boring. There are also huge gaps in the commentary.

Alternate Ending: A great extra that shows the other ending that was filmed. The quality is terrible but this is expected for something that did not make it into the final cut.

Original Theatrical Trailer: An average trailer encoded in Dolby Digital 2.0, 1:85:1 aspect ratio.

8 Page Booklet: This is just your standard MGM booklet with production notes and chapter listings.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Terrible movie, terrible transfer, average extras. Why bother!

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 22:37:29 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 123 Mins
Case Type: Black Amaray
Release Date: 19/4/2000
Catalog Number: 56727
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 36
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: Yes
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: Yes
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: Yes
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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